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Senior Spotlight: Senior looking forward to church mission work
Nathan Lamb, 18, knows what he’ll be doing but not where he’ll be going in the two years after he graduates from high school.
As a young man and a Mormon, he knows he’ll be sent on a two-year mission for his church.
“I’d like to go somewhere new and different,” said Lamb.
After graduation from Coupeville High School in June, Lamb will spend a summer quarter at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah preparing for his mission.
“I’ve been reading the scriptures, and l expect we’ll be taught how to understand the material and how to explain it to the people we meet,” said Lamb.
After a month of training, Lamb will learn where he will be sent on his mission and who his companion will be for the next two years.
Nathan is the youngest son of Randy and Debby Lamb of Coupeville. His three older siblings, Erica, Taniel and Jordan, are already launched into their adult lives.
“Jordan, who’s 21, just got back from his mission in Sweden, and he’s at BYU now,” said Lamb.
“Erica and Taniel are married and have little kids,” said Lamb.
“I love spending time with my family and especially my nieces,” he said. “So far my sisters have had all girls, so now I’m waiting for a nephew.”
Once his mission is complete, Lamb expects to attend Brigham Young University and to study for a profession in the medical field. Both physical therapy and optometry are possibilities, he said.
“I like anatomy and science, and I want to combine those interests with working with people in some way,” said Lamb.
At CHS, Lamb participates in soccer and tennis.
“I’ve played soccer my whole life in rec leagues,” said Lamb. “When I play soccer, I like my position at center midfield where I’m able to look around for scorers and help on defense too. I try to help the team relax and have fun.”
He has also served as an ASB representative as a junior and senior, and was a member of the 2012 Science Olympiad team.
Lamb has a 3.9 grade point average at Coupeville High School and is a member of the National Honor Society.
As a sophomore, Lamb partnered with his friend Amanda D’Almeida in the National History Day competition, where they placed ninth for a presentation about the controversial Boldt decision concerning Native American fishing rights.
“History Day taught me about doing research, managing my time and diplomacy,” said Lamb. “It also taught me how to work with a partner to solve problems.”
As for classes, Lamb said all the teachers at Coupeville high School are really dedicated, but feels he connects best with his math teacher Kyle Nelson.
“Mr. Nelson and I share a love of soccer, so I relate to him pretty well,” Lamb said. “I always have a lot of questions and he’s always willing to help after school.”
Lamb says his parents are his best role models.
“I have a great relationship with my mom and dad,” he said. “They take the time to talk to me and they encourage me to be myself.”
He knows having a supportive family and community will be important to him as he steps out into the unknown next fall.
“I’m excited for something new next year, but I’ll always love Coupeville and the rural lifestyle here,” he said.